Statutory Sick Pay: Public Consultation

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the Government's proposed consultation on statutory sick pay.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

As announced in ‘Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability’, we want to see a reformed Statutory Sick Pay system (SSP), which supports more flexible working, for example to support phased returns to work. We are taking forward further policy development and will bring forward a consultation on these changes, as well as any other SSP changes we identify in our wider work, before bringing forward this reform.

We are also considering Matthew Taylor’s further recommendations about SSP and how to achieve the appropriate balance of incentives and expectations are in place for employers. We will report back on preliminary work later this year.

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